James L. McGaugh is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. He was the founding Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior in 1964 and the Founding Director of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory in 1982. He also served as Dean of the School of Biological Sciences and as Executive Vice Chancellor of the university (1974-1982). He received his PhD. Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1959 and did postdoctoral research with Professor Daniel Bovet at the Istituto Superiore di Sanita (1961-2). He is recognized internationally for his pioneering research investigating neurobiological systems that regulate the consolidation of memory. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Science as well as the Mexican and Brazilian Academies and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received a Laurea Honoris Causa, from the University of L’Aquila. His record of publications includes over 550 research articles, reviews and books.

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Continued research collaborations with investigators at other universities investigating neurobiological processes underlying learning and memory.

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Section 28: Systems Neuroscience

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Section 52: Psychological and Cognitive Sciences